Huawei opens first flagship store in Saudi Arabia

The official opening was attended by Deputy Governor of Investments for SAGIA Sultan Mufti, Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Li Huaxin, C-level executives from Huawei and members of the media.
Updated 08 January 2019

Huawei opens first flagship store in Saudi Arabia

Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia has inaugurated its first store in the Kingdom, which opened at Riyadh Park Mall in the capital city. It is the largest store in the Middle East and Africa region. The official opening was attended by Deputy Governor of Investments for Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) Sultan Mufti, Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Li Huaxin, C-level executives from Huawei and members of the media. 

Mufti said: “Huawei is a great example to all foreign companies investing in the Kingdom. They have exhausted many efforts toward providing the best that information technology and communications services has to offer, as well as contribute toward the development of the ICT infrastructure in accordance with the highest global standards for quality and security. They also work to develop our local Saudi talent through their training initiatives like the STEP program for enabling Saudi talent, which aims to train 10,000 male and female candidates by the year 2020.”

Mufti added: “We at SAGIA appreciate the role foreign investment plays and the importance of developing the ICT sector in the Kingdom through global partnerships like the partnership we have with Huawei.”  Ambassador Huaxin said: “This opening today proves Huawei’s commitment to continue providing the highest level of services to the people of Saudi Arabia. Chinese companies abroad are interested today in linking their strategy to the development of the markets they operate in. It also takes care of their social responsibility, for example, in sharing technology expertise and adopting local talent, and Huawei is certainly one of them.”

Bill Yu, vice president of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, said: “This flagship store launches at a time in which consumers here are asking for more innovative flagship products from Huawei.”

He added: “In order to provide an advanced and classy shopping experience for our customers in Saudi Arabia, we have brought and adopted the latest retail systems in our stores in Saudi Arabia, which will provide a new experience that includes intelligent storage, online ordering, home delivery and off-site payment as well as a slew of other services which will take our customer service experience to the next level.”

Huawei is expecting its new retail system will create around 100 job opportunities and training for Saudis over the next five years. It will also hold training courses in multiple technology areas that will benefit more than 360 people a year. At the same time, it will invest over $6 million in the new retail system in Saudi Arabia over the next five years and will collaborate with its partners in the Kingdom to enhance the experience associated with retail sales in the Saudi market.

Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Updated 15 January 2019

Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Khalaf Al-Habtoor, founding chairman of the Al-Habtoor Group, received a delegation from the Dubai Police Esaad Program Committee at the Al-Habtoor Group head office on Monday. Mona Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, Dubai Police, thanked Al-Habtoor for his continuous support for the Dubai Police employee happiness initiative and presented the Al-Habtoor Group chairman, and Vice Chairman and CEO Mohammed Al-Habtoor with their personalized Esaad cards.

Dubai Police representatives included Masoud Ibrahim Alhammad, Khalid Alsuwaidi, Ahmed bin Ghafan, Ibrahim Alblooshi, Salah Amin, Mohammed Shoaib Albalooshi, Gaafar Salim, Sayed Ibrahim, Abdullah Haidarah, Hasan Saleh, Thureya Balhoul, Waheeda Abbas, Waheeda Abdulqadir, Mariyam Saeed Abdulhakeem, Khalil Ibrahim Ali and Mahmood Ibrahim. Also present was Abdul Salam Marzooqi, director of UAE affairs and community relations, Al-Habtoor Group.

Khalaf Al-Habtoor said: “I am happy to collaborate with the Dubai Police in their Esaad program and be able to show our men and women in the Dubai Police corps our appreciation for their commitment to our safety.

“Dubai’s appeal as an investment haven is in its stability, and that is largely due to the safety and security the Dubai Police provides. I commend them for their continued service to our community.”

Al-Habtoor called for the private sector to work closely with the public sector and commended the Esaad program committee for their efforts to reward employees for their performance, commitment and dedication to the job. 

Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, thanked Al-Habtoor for the warm welcome and gave a detailed brief about the Esaad card and its uses across various sectors including: Education, tourism, hospitality, aviation, entertainment and leisure, real estate and retail.

She said: “The Esaad card is trusted by the civil servants in Dubai and the UAE. The number of Esaad cardholders is currently at 108,498 employees from 128 governmental and semi-governmental departments.”

Al-Ameri commended the Al-Habtoor Group for its continuous support for community activities, noting that the Esaad program is an innovative program designed to achieve happiness in the community.

Al-Habtoor Group joined the Esaad program in October 2017 offering Dubai Police staff extended benefits and discounts at Habtoor Hospitality and Real Estate properties, including hotels, restaurant, leisure and entertainment facilities in the UAE and abroad. Dubai Police staff are offered a 50 percent discount at Al-Habtoor Group hotels in Dubai and internationally, as well as a 20 percent reduction at the group’s leisure and entertainment facilities. It also includes special rates on the new apartments at Al-Habtoor City Residence Collection.